Clean up underway after storm near Conway; NWS to assess damage on Thursday

Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 2:54 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2023 at 11:29 PM EST
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - The National Weather Service will be in Horry County on Thursday to assess the damage brought on by severe weather and determine if a tornado touched down.

A tornado warning was issued for Horry County around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and lasted just before 2 p.m.

One of the areas hit by severe weather was the area of Juniper Bay and Lundy Short Cut roads just outside of Conway.

The line of storms brought several trees, utility lines and a power pole down across the road, causing Horry County Fire Rescue crews to close the area while utility crews worked to clear the scene and make sure all electrical hazards are removed.

Juanita Baxley has lived on a farm along Juniper Bay Rd since 1976. One of her three sons called her after the storm system moved through to let her know he was okay, but there was significant damage to their outbuildings.

“This is devastating. We have never experienced anything like this. We have been through hurricanes but never this,” said Baxley.

The farm has dozens of pecan trees, and two of the oldest ones were taken down by the winds and rain. In the process they fell on power lines.

Horry Electric Co-op worked for two hours to restore power to the area. Shortly before 5 p.m. power was restored along Juniper Bay Rd.

In all, there were 2,300 customers without power, and at this point no injuries were reported.

For the Baxley’s they have begun the process of cleaning up, while counting their blessings the damage was not worse.

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